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Mon Apr 16, 2018, 11:20 AM

Scott Pruitt's $43,000 soundproof phone booth violated spending laws, federal watchdog finds

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Source: Washington Post

The $43,000 soundproof phone booth that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt had installed in his office last year violated federal spending laws, the Government Accountability Office said Monday.

In an eight-page letter to lawmakers, GAO general counsel Thomas H. Armstrong said the agency failed to notify lawmakers that it was exceeding the $5,000 limit for agency heads to furnish, redecorate or otherwise make improvements to their offices. In addition, Armstrong wrote, the agency also violated the federal Antideficiency Act, because EPA obligated appropriated funds in a manner specifically prohibited by law.

The EPA had argued that the $24,000 customized phone booth which required another $18,000 in painting, concrete and electrical work to reconfigure the small closet area where it was placed was not part of a redecoration of Pruitts office and shouldnt be subject to the $5,000 cap.

While the agency maintains other areas in its building where officials can place secure calls, and while none of Pruitt's predecessors have had such a setup, the agency argued that the privacy booth allows Pruitt to make and receive calls to discuss sensitive information (up to the top secret level) for the purpose of conducting agency business. It also argued that the booth was analogous to other functional items an employee might require to perform his job duties such as a high speed computer, high speed copier/scanner, or television.


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Full original title and article -

Cost of EPA chief Scott Pruitts secure phone booth violated law limiting such expenses to $5,000 without prior approval, GAO says

by Washington Post Staff April 16 at 11:18 AM

The Environmental Protection Agency administrator installed a $43,000 soundproof phone booth at agency headquarters last fall.

An investigation by the Government Accountability Office found that the installation violated the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, which prohibits an agency from paying more than $5,000 to redecorate or furnish a presidential appointees office without approval.

This is a developing story. It will be updated
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BumRushDaShow Monday OP
True Blue American Monday #1
BumRushDaShow Monday #2
BigmanPigman Monday #3
modrepub Monday #6
duforsure Monday #4
geomon666 Monday #5
BumRushDaShow Monday #7
LiberalLovinLug Monday #9
BumRushDaShow Monday #12
LiberalLovinLug Monday #16
Sneederbunk Monday #8
Owl Monday #10
DeminPennswoods Monday #11
BumRushDaShow Monday #13
DeminPennswoods Monday #14
BumRushDaShow Monday #15
riversedge Monday #17
Akacia Monday #18

Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 11:23 AM

1. Will they

Make Pruitt pay it back?

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Response to True Blue American (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 11:25 AM

2. Whoever signed off on that

is in deep doo doo.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 11:34 AM

3. Why does he still have a job?

Oh yeah, he is destroying the environment and selling American products that do so to other countries for a hefty profit. I remember now.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 12:09 PM

6. Because He Annoys the "Right" Kind of People

in Trump's eye. Doing the "right" thing means implementing industry inspired roll backs, tying up enforcement actions and generally pissing off "liberals".

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 11:38 AM

4. trump promoting corruption

by allowing him to remain in any government position. trump doing this with others by allowing them to live lavishly off of their positions from the pockets of the American people's pockets to theirs. Corruption running wild and trump saying to the American people F. U. .

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 12:09 PM

5. Would've been cheaper to go with the Cone of Silence instead

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Response to geomon666 (Reply #5)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 12:22 PM

7. And that was the "portable" model.

Even the deluxe model would have been cheaper!




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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #7)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 06:07 PM

9. WHAT? HOW MUCH DOES THIS THING COST? WHAT? I CAN'T HEAR

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Response to LiberalLovinLug (Reply #9)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 06:13 PM

12. ...



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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #12)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 06:40 PM

16. lol

That show was so funny

Even at the end..."raise the cone of silence"......."What?"

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 01:31 PM

8. Fly in and write a check Scott.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 06:12 PM

10. Id like to see a picture of the booth.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 06:13 PM

11. Here's the kicker...

Christine Todd Whitman was on one of the MSNBC shows a few weeks ago talking about the EPA. She was asked about this soundproof, secure space Pruitt had installed. She said there was no need for it because the EPA already had a secure room elsewhere in the building for any discussions that required it!

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Response to DeminPennswoods (Reply #11)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 06:16 PM

13. It was probably considered "obsolete".

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #13)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 06:27 PM

14. SCIFs are all the same

nt

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Response to DeminPennswoods (Reply #14)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 06:30 PM

15. Only if you are not

trying to luxuriate in graft because you can.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 07:35 PM

17. Bet trump triples down and says what a great guy Pruitt is.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Mon Apr 16, 2018, 08:00 PM

18. Makes my blood boil.

Mostly because there are teachers in this Country using their own funds to buy school supplies for the kiddos. Then you have a jerk like this.......

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